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Please note: due to an overwhelming response the GTMHL is now full. Regretfully we did not acquire enough ice to meet the demand. We hope to acquire more ice next year, so all those interested can participate. For those wishing to be placed on a waiting list please contact us.Want to play
Adult Rec Hockey in Torontothis winter and still don't have a team? The GTMHL, Greater
Toronto Mens Hockey League, is entering it's first season of play. The GTMHL plans to operate what it says will be the safest
Men's Hockey League in Toronto.
The Greater Toronto Men's Hockey Leaguehas a strict set of rules they plan to introduce in the 2007-08 season.
Part of their
recreational hockeyrules contain a strict "No Fighting" policy. The GTMHL policy simply states that if any player fights they are suspended from the
hockey league indefinitely. The fighting suspension carries a minimum of one year from the date of the fighting infraction. Players wishing to return after the 1 year ban still must be reinstated by the GTMHL board before being allowed to participate in the
Men's League. The GTMHL states that not all players will be reinstated after the one year period and players involved in even one fighting major might find themselves being banned for life from the Greater
Toronto Mens Hockey League.
In case you think this will lead to an increase in the number of stick infractions and other incidents, like Don Cherry would say, think again. The league has an even stricter policy when it comes to match penalties and serious stick infractions. A match penalty, deemed an intent to injure, carries an automatic lifetime ban. So fans of Don Cherry and the old school logic be warned.
The GTMHL also monitors the behavior of the top penalty minute leaders in the league. Players that continually participate in rough play can be issued additional suspensions if they do not correct their on ice play.
Some would say the GTMHL is going a little to far in their effort to control the level of violence in
Men's Rec Hockey. The GTMHL's response is "the
hockey leagueis only intended for those
adult playersthat want a safe place to play hockey and any player that exceeds those guidelines is not welcome in the league".
Is this a league you would like to play in? I know personally I quit
Men's hockeysome time ago because of the rough level of play. Not that I couldn't dish it out but I figured why should I have to be out there defending myself when all I was out there for was a skate. Personally I can't be bothered with all the hacking and whacking that goes on in most Beer Leagues. If the GTMHL creates
"the safest adult hockey league anywhere", it might be a good place for us oldtimers to get some exercise.